Inland Waterway User Charges: Preliminary Impact Estimates

This paper describes how the potential impacts of imposing user charges on inland waterways are estimated using U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Inland Navigation Systems Analysis (INSA) models and data. Fee schedules designed to recover 50 percent and 100 percent of Corps operations, maintenance, and rehabilitation expenses plus Coast Guard costs of providing navigation aids are developed. A uniform, system-wide fuel tax and a set of segment ton-mile fees, which provide for local recovery of local costs, are considered. The principal impacts examined are changes in waterway transportation costs and modal shares of interregional freight traffic. User charge impacts vary considerably throughout the waterway network, depending on the type of fee, the level of cost recovery, existing towing industry costs, and the waterway traffic base. In general, segment fees produce greater impacts than a fuel tax.

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    Transportation Research Forum

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  • Authors:
    • Bronzini, Michael S
    • Clark, William E
    • Strack, Conrad W
  • Publication Date: 1977


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Volume XVIII, Number 1
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 255-265
  • Monograph Title: Transportation in Transition. Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Meeting

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  • Accession Number: 01104414
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 2008 5:08PM